"At turns riveting, hilarious and bittersweet, Bunheads
provides a backstage pass into the world of elite New York City ballet dancers. I got swept up in their routines and habits, their triumphs and disappointments, and their deep friendships, which thrive even in the face of fierce competition. This is at once a romantic page-turner and a thoughtful exploration of just how much true artists are willing to give up for their art." — J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Commencement and Maine
"A must-read for every young dancer! Sophie Flack takes us inside the world of the professional dancer, sparing nothing, and weaving a poignant, honest coming-of-age story that will keep you turning pages."
—Davida Willis Hurwin, author of A Time For Dancing, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults
"A multi-layered and absorbing good read by a promising debut novelist."
—Kirkus (starred review)
"Exhilaration and drudgery, passion and exhaustion, exist side by side for dancers in the exalted Manhattan Ballet, a world unto itself, which Flack (a former New York City Ballet dancer) brings vividly to life in this strong debut."—Publishers Weekly
, author Sophie Flack takes readers into all the drama, camaraderie, disappointment, jealousy, exultation, and physical and emotional pain in the life of a corps ballet dancer for a prestigious New York ballet company. . . Ms Flack writes with absolutely authority about a lifestyle she herself lived for nine years, and about what happens when lifelong dreams collide with the needs of the heart. " — Lurlene McDaniel, author of Breathless and A Rose for Melinda
About the Author
Sophie Flack danced with the New York City Ballet from 2000 until 2009. She is currently studying English at Columbia University. Bunheads
is her first novel.